by Marion Nestle
Sep 23 2015

The benefits of eating candy. Who knew?

This week’s sugar item #3

John Downs, the president of the National Confectioners Association has an editorial (note: sponsored) in Politico announcing the NCA’s new campaign to convince Americans of the benefits of eating candy.

Candy is a special treat that has played an important role in cultural traditions, seasonal celebrations and family occasions here in the U.S. and around the world. But some consumers might not know that there is much more that goes into this honest, affordable, fun and transparent treat.

What more?  The economic benefits, of course.  Here’s the Infographic:

The press release highlights the benefits.

The confectionery industry directly employs 55,000 people in the United States, and more than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood.  For every job that is created in confectionery another seven are supported in related industries, which means that candy drives a multiplier effect of 1:7 or an impact of 700 percent.

Sugar?  Calories?  Tooth decay?  Obesity?

Never mind.

  • SAO

    Ah, but the multiplier would be higher if they counted all the work those cavities have provided to dentists!

  • Let’s not forget about educating kids to receive a candy as a prize 🙂 “Trick or treat”, Christmas, Valentine’s, .. plenty of “seasonal celebrations” to spike your sugar intake.

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  • Suzanne Morikawa Madden

    Actually the multiplier is more – doctors, dentists, lab technicians, dieticians, nurses, hospitals…

  • NYFarmer

    OK, well, a job in a candy factory means a lot to some people. When Beechnut baby foods left Canajoharie, long time workers were in despair. People celebrated when Richardson candies moved into the empty factory so that locals could have work. This is in Upstate NY where we don’t have the big job and career opportunities available.

  • Comrade X

    Unless that factory has a rooftop garden it is evil, pure evil. In a properly regulated authoritarian foodocracy those poor abused factory workers would be emancipated out into the simply delightful sunshine and abundant fresh air of glorious field work. Chopping, planting, hoeing, singing to the kale, harvesting, doing the sacred work of the beloved leader! Proud stoop labor in the fields, correctly done and properly overseen assures there will be no obesity in the new foodocracy. This is the grand Utopian alternative food system we each deserve and all must obediently comply with!

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